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  Museum Exhibit Fabrication : Benjamin Franklin - In Search of a Better World  
Client: Ben Franklin Tercentenary
"Ben Franklin - In Search of a Better World"

To coincide with the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, this 10,000 square foot traveling exhibition made its world premiere at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. A very close collaboration of professionals including the design team of Staples and Charles, curatorial staff, AV and Proto Productions was needed to put together this exhibition of Franklin's life, intellectual pursuits, and all of his diversities. His life story was addressed from different vantage points, which created six arenas in the exhibit. From the simplicity of flip interactives to one of the high tech interactives, the computer driven audio admonition by Lord Wedderburn directed at the life-size Franklin mannequin in the audio theater which is triggered by approaching visitors, Proto developed and fabricated a series of interactives which enticed the visitors to meet a myriad of challenges and acquire more knowledge.

Prominent text panels capture the attention of the visitors and showcase Benjamin Franklin as one of the country's greatest scientist, inventor, diplomat, humorist, philosopher and entrepreneur. Settings were created to showcase specific stages of his life and the inventiveness of his time. From the Craven Street setting showcasing the printing business to the Market Street setting of his home in Philadelphia, the visitor is able to envision his life and get an up-close look at paintings, documents, original art, and artifacts. Period artifacts and five Original Founding Documents, signed by Franklin, were displayed in our highly visible conservation display cases with micro-climate desiccant chambers, high security locks, and electronic security monitoring system.

Set atop a pair of faux leather bound books, a ten foot wide pair of spectacles, each lens being composed of 738 plastic tiles which move to reflect the image of the visitor as he approaches the spectacles, leaves you with a final thought, "Do you see yourself in Franklin?"